We’re an urban farm in the heart of London Waterloo. We have transformed a strip of wasteland into a flourishing community resource and a haven for nature. This is a space where we learn to care for ourselves, others, plants, animals, and the environment.
Our vision is to provide a safe, supportive and inspiring space for the community. At the heart of our activities, we use the theme of food and farming to help people feel more connected, empowered and to reach their full potential.
What We Do
We specialise in working with disadvantaged young people, helping them to thrive academically, socially and emotionally. We do this in partnership with Jamie’s Farm, offering a ‘Farming, Family & Therapy’ programme that re-engages them with academic life, helping them to fulfil their potential in school and in society.
We also have volunteering opportunities and run a wide range of workshops and events for the community throughout the year.
Our school programme focuses on working with disadvantaged pupils. After visiting our farm on a regular basis, we find that:
- There is a 61% reported improvement in mental wellbeing; and 58% reported higher self-esteem.
- Prior to visiting the Farm, 68% of pupils were not on track in core subjects. After visiting the Farm, the number not on track decreased to 30%.
- Of our students coming to the farm in the 2020/21 school year, 43% were reported as at risk of exclusion. On 6 week follow-up, 66% of those no longer were at risk.
These results demonstrate the transformation people can experience through gardening, food growing and animal care. Particularly with statics from the 2020/21 school year, where students were so impacted by the Covid 19 Pandemic.
You can read our full 2021 Impact statement here
We work with Jamie’s Farm, a national charity which transforms children’s lives through ‘Farming, Family & Therapy’, re-engaging them with academic life, helping them to fulfill their potential in school and in society, raising their self-esteem, resilience, and aspiration.
We’re supporting all of our London-based Jamie’s Farmers by giving them the opportunity to build on their unique experience in the countryside by carrying on their journey in the city, sustaining and deepening the changes they make even when they’re back at home.
We also support Oasis Academy South Bank, expanding the range of educational opportunities available to their students. Students and teachers benefit from inclusive outdoor learning and curriculum-based activities covering maths, art, and science among others.